Jordan Becker

Dr. Jordan Becker

Senior Transatlantic Fellow


Jordan Becker is the IES's Senior Transatlantic Fellow. He completed a PhD on the political economy of transatlantic burden sharing at King’s College, London. Jordan’s areas of expertise include transatlantic security, defense economics, political economy, and defense planning. Jordan has Master’s Degrees from Sciences Po and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Vesalius College and as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Jordan is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Before joining the IES, he was military assistant and speechwriter to NATO’s Chairman of the Military Committee, General Petr Pavel. He previously served as a Defense Policy Advisor to the United States Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Douglas Lute. Operationally, Jordan served in the Middle East and Africa as an airborne infantry platoon leader and a Special Forces detachment commander from 2001-2009.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Becker, Jordan. “Accidental Rivals? EU Fiscal Rules, NATO, and Transatlantic Burden-Sharing.” Journal of Peace Research, forthcoming.


Becker, Jordan, and Edmund Malesky. "The Continent or the “Grand Large”? Strategic Culture and Operational Burden-Sharing in NATO." International Studies Quarterly 61, no. 1 (2017): 163-180.


Becker, Jordan. “Comments on Benjamin Zyla’s “NATO Burden Sharing: A new Research Agenda.” Journal of International Organizations Studies 8, no. 2 (2017): 69-77.


Becker, Jordan. "The correlates of transatlantic burden sharing: revising the agenda for theoretical and policy analysis." Defense & Security Analysis 33, no. 2 (2017): 131-157.


Becker, Jordan. “Strategic Culture and Burden Sharing in NATO: False Friends?” INSS Research Papers. 2012.


Becker, Jordan. “Transatlantic Burden Sharing and Out of Area Operations: Afghanistan in the Context of Historic Trends.” Chicago Policy Review (Volume 15, Summer 2011): p.p. 47-67.


Working Papers

Becker, Jordan. "The Effect of Unemployment on Personnel Expenditures Among NATO and EU Member States." (Under Review and available in draft form at SSRN)


Becker, Jordan and Robert Bell. “Strategy and Defense Planning in the Fog of Peace: The Transatlantic Community’s Currency Conversion Conundrum.” (Under Review)


Becker, Jordan. “Strategy, Defense Planning, and the Political Economy of Burden-Sharing in the Nordic States.” (Under Review and available in draft form at SSRN).


Book Chapters

Becker, Jordan. 2014. "Offshoring or Overbalancing? A Preliminary Empirical Analysis of the Effect of U.S. Troop Presence on the Political Behavior of Regional Partners." In American Grand Strategy and the Future of U.S. Land Power, by Joseph Da Silva, Hugh Liebert and Isaiah Wilson, 261-286. Carlisle: U.S. Army War College Press.


Becker, Jordan. 2014. "Whither Europe: Economic Crisis and the Future of NATO." In Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy, by Hugh Liebert, John Griswold and Isaiah Wilson, 115-124. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Review Articles


Becker, Jordan. 2018. “Populism and Global Affairs.” Global Affairs 0 (0): 0-0.


Becker, Jordan. 2016. "National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance." Defence Studies 16 (1): 94-96.


Becker, Jordan. 2016. "Understanding NATO in the 21st Century: Alliance Strategies, Security and Global Governance." Defence Studies 16 (1): 92-94.


Other Publications


Becker, Jordan. 2017. “Transatlantic Burden-Sharing: Origins and Strategic Implications.” Defence In Depth.


Becker, Jordan. 2017. "Clearing the Air on Transatlantic Burden Sharing (parts one, two and three)." War on the Rocks.


Becker, Jordan. 2011. "Beyond Trade: Establishing a European Presence in Asia (Atlantic Memo #36)." The Atlantic Community, November 25.


Becker, Jordan. 2011. "U.S. Pivot Rests on Power, Not Weakness, of Europe." The Atlantic Community, November 16.


Becker, Jordan.2012. "Mitigating NATO's Invisible Risk." The New Atlanticist, March 10.


Becker, Jordan.2014. "NATO and Ukraine: Walking Familiar Ground." War on the Rocks, May 14.


Becker, Jordan, and Edmund Malesky. 2016. "Yes, NATO is sharing the defense burden. Here's what we found." The Washington Post/Monkey Cage, December 9.


Becker, Jordan, and Franklin Kramer. 2012. "Saving NATO." The National Interest, May 9.


Becker, Jordan, and Stanley Sloan. 2013. "Atlanticism's Revenge?" War on the Rocks, December 11.



European International Studies Association, Pan European Conference, September 2018

Forum for International Economists, Amsterdam, May 2018

Politicologenetmaal (Workshop Convener), June 2019

European International Studies Association, European Workshops in International Studies, June 2019 (Workshop Convener)

Central and Eastern European International Studies Association, June 2019